The AASLH Online Conference

The 2017 AASLH Online Conference is over. Registration for the 2018 Online Conference will open in June of 2018. 

The 2017 Online Conference Sessions will be available in March of 2018. 

Want to participate in AASLH Annual Meeting sessions without leaving your office? The AASLH Online Conference consists of six hot topic Annual Meeting sessions, formatted for an online audience . Each session is broadcast live from the Annual Meeting. See slides, ask questions, and interact online with presenters and the virtual audience in these live broadcasts. Then enjoy access to the recordings for six months. These sessions provide real ideas, tools, and solutions to help you do good history.

Low rates and a group log-in option make this online learning opportunity accessible for anyone who wants to improve their practice of history. Watch at home, at your desk, or gather staff members together for a team-building event.

The 2018 Online Conference program will be announced in June of 2018. Last year’s program is listed below.

I AM History

The 2017 theme, I AM History, embraces and celebrates the continuing journey of Austin and Texas toward diversity and inclusion. It also connects history to the present day and reminds us that history is relevant and is happening every day, everywhere. Read more about the theme.

Try It Out

Try an Online Conference session from 2015.


Registration Rates

Individual: Single Login            Group: Multiple Login
AASLH Members $60 $120
Nonmembers $110 $180
Higher Level Members* $60 $75

*Contributing, Sustaining, Supporting and Partner Institutional Members get a special group rate of $75.

We have expanded the definition of “group” to include those institutions that are part of a regional group, not just those that have many employees and an auditorium. When you sign up as a group, you are no longer limited to a single internet connection and one location to view the conference.

If your organization works with multiple history institutions and you sign up at the Multiple Login Rate, you can now forward the link for the Online Conference to those institutions so they can view it from their individual sites, all for one low price.

Participants will have free access to all session handouts, online recordings, and other podcasts for six months after the broadcast.

2017 Online Conference Program and Schedule

*Note that all times are in Central Daylight Time, as we will be broadcasting live from the Annual Meeting in Austin, TX.

Thursday, September 7

Field Services Alliance Tips: Caring for Collections on a Budget


Every museum works within the confines of a budget.  We all know the best practices and what we should do for our organizations, but the question stopping us is usually: How?  Join us for a series of tips and tricks addressing budget-friendly practices for collections care, exhibition, and disaster planning.

Karen DePauw, Coordinator, Local History Services, Indiana Historical Society


Historic Preservation Never Ends: Practical Maintenance for Your Historic Buildings


A historic building expresses the tangible past like few other artifacts can-but needs its own collections care. Learn proper preservation stewardship for your museum: the basics of routine maintenance, working with construction professionals, the guiding ideas of preservation and how to inform stakeholders about the processes and costs involved.

Evelyn Montgomery, Director of Collections, Exhibits and Preservation, Dallas Heritage Village


Engaging Programs = Engaging Communities?


History museums and historic sites are always part of a community, but what makes a community want to engage with it? This session will explore three different approaches as well as develop a set of practical steps to help you engage more effectively with your local community.

Max A. van Balgooy, President, Engaging Places LLC


Friday, September 8

Innovative Audience Engagement From Outside the Museum Bubble


What techniques and practices from outside the “museum bubble” inspire us to push the boundaries of audience engagement? After reviewing innovative experiences from “non-museum” organizations that meaningfully connect audiences and content, we’ll use creative thinking strategies to brainstorm intersections with museum work and techniques our field might adapt or borrow


Seeking Absent Voices: Inclusion and Relevance; Examples, Tools, and a Conversation


Your institution is missing its full potential. Be motivated to build relationships in your communities and to collect and convey the stories you’re missing. Observe the value of digging deeper. Learn tools for meaningful engagement. And be forewarned of challenges you will face if you open this door.

Steve Boyd-Smith, Manager of Interpretation and Design, 106 Group


The Art of Saying “No”: Declining Collections Gifts Gracefully


Saying “no” to potential donations is a difficult part of collections work.  Yet, this skill is essential to maintaining relevance and sustainability.  Participants will learn how to say “no” gracefully, why a collections policy is their ally and how to suggest alternative homes for the items.

Aimee E. Newell, Ph.D., Executive Director, Luzerne County Historical Society

Past Online Conferences

Recordings from past AASLH Online Conferences are available for purchase and download ($15 for members, $30 for nonmembers) in our online store. You can browse these and other recorded webinars in our resource library.


Annual Meeting Session Recordings

Up to 20 sessions are recorded at the AASLH Annual Meeting every year. Listen to 145 sessions for free on Soundcloud, iTunes, or browse MP3 files in our resource library.